The Employer Mandate | Are you in good standing with the IRS?

By |August 7th, 2018|

Back in 2014, when the Affordable Care Act took effect, the IRS required businesses to start counting their employees in a very different way than they had ever been required in the past. Businesses kept submitting these counts every month and year, but didn’t hear much from the Feds about […]

A Glorious Opportunity! And You Can Attend for Free!

By |July 26th, 2018|

Every now and then, a real opportunity comes along to make yourself smarter, more efficient and more productive. The good ones, in my experience, are few and far between. On Thursday, Aug. 23 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, one of the best will take place.

I’m talking about our third […]

Why We Are Here

By |June 5th, 2018|

Every two weeks, I have the distinct pleasure of speaking to a group of Blue Cross’ newest hires in a class we call Health Insurance 101. The crux of the lesson is a simple one: What’s the point of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana? Why are we here?

It […]

The Cost of Louisiana’s Diabetes Problem

By |May 23rd, 2018|

When I was a little boy growing up in the 1960s, there was an elderly widow who lived next door to us whom all the kids loved. Miss Elaine had been married to an Army staff sergeant who traveled the world with her in tow. She was a tough cookie! […]

Blue Cross Leadership Is Moving On Chronic Disease and the Social Determinants of Health

By |April 25th, 2018|

I’m always in awe of the intelligence and credentials of the people I work with on a day-to-day basis at Blue Cross. A great example is Dr. Vindell Washington, our chief medical officer.

We’re talking about a guy who cut his teeth in emergency medicine, including stints with the military. He […]